How to calculate the reinforcing bar length
You have three options how to calculate the reinforcing bar length in Tekla Structures:
- Along center line, which is the default method
- As a sum of leg lengths
- Using a formula
Along center line
The center line length calculation is used by default when
XS_USE_USER_DEFINED_REBAR_LENGTH_AND_WEIGHT is set to
Center line length calculation uses the actual reinforcing bar diameter by default.
In the example below, the center line length is calculated as follows:
450 - (30 + 14) + 2*3.14*(30+14/2)*1/4 + 250 - (30 + 14) = 670.1
30= bending radius
14= actual diameter (12 is nominal)
Sum of leg lengths (SLL)
The sum of leg length calculation is based on the dimensions of the straight legs and it does not take the bending radius into account.
This calculation is used when
XS_USE_USER_DEFINED_REBARSHAPERULES are set to
In the example below, the reinforcing bar length is
450 + 250 = 700
If the length value is shown as zero in reports and inquiries, you need to define the length in Rebar Shape Manager for each shape.
To define the length in Rebar Shape Manager:
- In Bending schedule fields, right-click in the L cell and select SLL (Sum of leg lengths) from the pop-up menu.
- Click Update.
- Click Save.
Using a formula
You can also use a formula in Rebar Shape Manager to calculate the reinforcing bar total length.
You need to set
For example, to take the bending radius into account and to calculate the length along the reinforcing bar outer surface, do the following:
- In Bending schedule fields, right-click in the L cell and select (formula) from the pop-up menu.
- Enter the following formula for the length calculation:
S1 + S2 + 2*3.14*(RS + DIA)*1/4
S1= straight leg length 1 (
S2= straight leg length 2 (
RS= rounding radius (
= actual diameter (
The accuracy of reinforcing bar length is defined in the rebar_config.inp file. The values can vary in each environment.
For example, the values shown below are from a rebar_config.inp file. In the default environment the file is located in ..\ProgramData\Trimble\Tekla Structures\<version>\Environments\default\system\ folder.
The following settings define the accuracy and rounding for the leg lengths:
The following settings define the accuracy and rounding for the total reinforcing bar length:
Note that also XS_USE_ONLY_NOMINAL_REBAR_DIAMETER affects the reinforcing bar length calculation.